NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The bombings in New York and New Jersey are creating concerns over “sanctuary cities” in the U.S.
A “sanctuary city” is a name given to a city that follows certain procedures that shelter illegal immigrants. There are more than 200 of them in the U.S.
In December, the Northampton City Council unanimously passed a resolution which would allow refugees from the Syrian civil war to take shelter in the city. The refugees are expected to arrive next year.
Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News Northampton is not a sanctuary city but does have a policy that protects people requested by federal agents without a warrant or who are not charged for a crime.
Northampton resident Marty Susskind told 22News this is the best way for peace. “It’s America’s responsibility to stop fear-mongering based on isolation,” he said, “take people in help people in when they are in war-torn nations. That’s probably the only way we will be able to cope with terrorism.”
The bombs exploded on Saturday in Mahanattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 29 people. All have been released from the hospital. 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami has been captured in connection with the bombing. He is naturalized citizen from Afghanistan.